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Stephen GoldsmithDirector

Stephen Goldsmith is currently Director of the Center for the Living City, as well as an Associate Professor in the Department of City & Metropolitan Planning at the University of Utah. He also serves as the Director of the Capstone Program for the Office of Undergraduate Studies and serves as the co-director of the university's Consortium for Dark Sky Studies.

As the former Planning Director for Salt Lake City, Stephen was the first artist/planning director appointed in a major city in the U.S. During his tenure, which included preparations for the 2002 Winter Olympic Games, he completed projects including an award-winning guide titled, Towards a Walkable Downtown: urban design strategies to improve the pedestrian environment in Downtown Salt Lake City; a project to develop high-performance, green building policies for the city; development of the city’s first Transit Oriented Zoning districts, and a “Walkable Communities” ordinance. During the 2002 Olympics he produced an international symposium and exhibition titled, “The Physical Fitness of Cities: Vision and Ethics in City Building.”

Stephen was also the founding director of Artspace, a community development corporation creating affordable housing and workspace for artists and others in Salt Lake City. He is an accomplished sculptor whose water features and environmental installations can be seen in public spaces throughout Salt Lake City.


Chelsea Gauthier, Associate Director

Chelsea Gauthier, Associate Director of the Center for the Living City, assists in managing the Jane Jacobs Walk program, the Jane Jacobs Fellows, community outreach, and other Center development. She holds a Master’s degree in City & Metropolitan Planning, a Graduate Certificate in Historic Preservation, and a Bachelor’s in Urban Planning from the University of Utah. Her background as a ballet dancer fostered her love of embedded story within historic buildings and finding inspiration from artistic nuances that people and place bring to city life. Chelsea is passionate about engaging youth and women in the design of their communities. Her interests and experience include urban ecology, environmental planning, historic preservation, and community engagement projects that create a platform for citizen activists to create change in their communities. She believes in the power of small scale interventions in cities to make big impacts within a community. 


Aahd Benchaouch, Jane Jacobs Walk

Community Outreach Director

After earning a M.Arch. from the Ecole Nationale d’Architecture of Rabat, Aahd Benchaouch came from Morocco on a Fulbright grant to pursue a Master’s degree in City and Metropolitan Planning at the University of Utah. From her first-hand experience with resilient villages in the Atlas Mountains and millenary Moroccan Medinas, she developed an interest for critical regionalism, environmental psychology and social behaviors in relation to the built environment. Influenced by the works of Hassan Fathy, Christopher Alexander and Henry Lefebvre, she believes in the crucial role of architecture and planning in empowering communities.

naba faizi, Intern

Naba is drawn to connecting with people and places and believes in the melding the secular and the sacred. She is a senior in the Urban Ecology program and would like to obtain a Masters degree in City Planning. Her professional goals are geared towards the focus on women empowerment and leadership, development and preservation of diverse communities, and to create positive change through the power of observation. The Center for the Living City provided a space that connected with Naba's goals. While interning with the Center for the past year, she created The Jane Jacobs Observe patch program and piloted the project with her Girl Scout troop. The patch focuses on the power of observation and empowering young women to take action and bring change to their communities. She strongly believes in the power of self awareness by initiating positive change within oneself and their surroundings. Naba would like to continue to empower young women and communities at large. 


LAUREN BROWN, JANE JACOBS FELLOW- urbanspace @ 401 richmond

Lauren Brown is a Jane Jacobs Fellow with the Center for the Living City focusing on urban agriculture and the benefits, impacts and efficacy of rooftop agriculture. She will be designing and building a case study in partnership with UrbanSpace at 401 Richmond Street West, a restored, heritage-designated, industrial building turned arts-and-culture hub in downtown Toronto. Lauren is passionate about doing applied research around environmental and climate justice, particularly related to urban food system vulnerability. After finishing a Masters in City and Metropolitan Planning at the University of Utah in 2010, she spent the last six years working on environmental and food justice projects in Salt Lake City, Guatemala, and Brooklyn. She recently completed a Fulbright grant in Mauritius working on community based mapping around climate change and the felt impacts of climate change. 



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Katherine Nix, Jane jacobs fellow- observe! Patch

Kat Nix graduated from the University of Utah in May of 2016 with a Bachelor’s in Urban Ecology and a minor in Multidisciplinary Design. For the last four years, she has worked with at-risk Latinx youth in the Salt Lake Valley through the University of Utah’s College of Social Work. She loves working with youth and is passionate about creating equal opportunities for marginalized populations. She deeply believes creative placemaking, social and environmental diversity, unencumbered play and observation are key to vibrant communities. Kat is excited to be working with the Center of the Living City to help young womxn and girls around the globe to claim their voices and create meaningful change in their communities.